“You Must Believe In Spring” Tutorial
In this lesson we’re going to create a solo piano arrangement of the beautiful ballad ‘You Must Believe In Spring’, written by Michel Legrand. The song originally appeared in a French movie ‘Rocheforts Girls’.
We’re going to be playing the tune in the key of B minor, modulating to C minor.
Notable Versions To Listen To
Good versions to check out are Bill Evans versions with his trio, and also the duo with Tony Bennett. When learning a new song, you should listen to as many vocal versions as possible. It’s a good exercise to sing and learn the melody, and also you will get familiar with the lyrics and the meaning behind the lyrics.
This song is an excellent minor tune to take through all the keys because of the modulations and the interesting harmonic movement.
Check out the original version from the movie as well as the versions of the actual composer Michel Legrand.
Michel Legrand is known for his challenging harmonies, and this tune has some unusual chord changes for the jazz standard repertoire. So be prepared!
Hello Tuomo: this is truly a fantastic little tune with such unexpected and ever-so-LeGrand harmonies that I decided I have to really ‘get it’, both for the theory as well as ….well, everything else. I listened to many renditions and it seems impossible to make this tune sound bad, it carries itself. [LeGrand and Phil Woods in Montreal, 01, really let loose with this one!!!].
Thank you for making it so clear and for your transcription that even I can play (with some attention, so far). Best, Smole
Agree – this song has definitely captured my desire to learn to play it. A lovely transcription Tuomo!!! I’ve listened to many renditions sung by vocalists and inspiring!
I’d love to see if you could look at transcribing Oscar Peterson’s “When Summer Comes”… equally lovely tune… I’d love to learn how to play that as well.